Definition of bluff :
1. A game at cards; poker.
2. A high, steep bank, as by a river or the sea, or beside a ravine or plain; a cliff with a broad face.
3. Abrupt; roughly frank; unceremonious; blunt; brusque; as, a bluff answer; a bluff manner of talking; a bluff sea captain.
4. An act of bluffing; an expression of self- confidence for the purpose of intimidation; braggadocio; as, that is only bluff, or a bluff.
5. Having a broad, flattened front; as, the bluff bows of a ship.
6. Rising steeply with a flat or rounded front.
7. Surly; churlish; gruff; rough.
8. To act as in the game of bluff.
9. To deter ( an opponent) from taking the risk of betting on his hand of cards, as the bluffer does by betting heavily on his own hand although it may be of less value.
10. To frighten or deter from accomplishing a purpose by making a show of confidence in one's strength or resources; as, he bluffed me off.
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cliff (part of speech: noun)
boast (part of speech: verb)
fool (part of speech: noun)
pretend (part of speech: verb)
pretension (part of speech: noun)
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- Attempt ascending high bluff. - "Australia Twice Traversed, The Romance of Exploration Australia Twice Traversed. The Romance Of Exploration, Being A Narrative Compiled From The Journals Of Five Exploring Expeditions Into And Through Central South Australia, And Western Australia, From 1", Ernest Giles.
- After peace was made in 1783, the Silver Bluff Church was revived under the direction of the Rev. - "The History of the Negro Church", Carter Godwin Woodson.
- Arrived at the house, she bade her driver inquire for her if Mr. Bluff was at home, saying that otherwise she would not call. - "Sigurd Our Golden Collie and Other Comrades of the Road", Katharine Lee Bates.